Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

Women can vote! That was the monumental news this day, Aug. 26, 1920, as the 19th Amendment became law. It reads: “The right of citizens of the U.S. to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” This culminated 50 years of effort by many of the women leaders who fought to abolish slavery, one of whom was Julia Ward Howe, author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” She wrote in the third verse: “Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel, Since God is marching on.”